According to the Bible
is the Assyrian
god of agriculture, in whose temple Sennacherib
was worshipping when he was assassinated. (2 Kings 19:37; Isa. 37:38). Josephus calls him Dagon
According to the etymology, the name would signify eagle
. Among the ancient Arabs, also, the eagle occurs as an idol
His identification as a god in Mesopotamia is unclear. Some suggest he could be the same as Nusku.
In the Midrash
, "Nisroch" is actually said to be derived from the Hebrew word "neser." Neser was the name given to a plank of wood discovered by Sennacherib on his return to Assyria from his campaign in Judah. The sages write that this plank was originally part of Noah's Ark, and that Sennacherib worshiped it as an idol. It would therefore be concluded that it was this idol that Sennacherib was worshiping when he was murdered by his two sons.
Nisroch in demonology
Some religious authors consider Nisroch to be a fallen angel, once of the order of Principalities and an associate to Belphegor
and Collin de Plancy
wrote that Nisroch is chief of cuisine to the princes in Hell
Nisroch in fiction
In the Dungeons & Dragons roleplaying game
is the name of an outcast devil
A rebel angel, Nisroch, features in John Milton's Paradise Lost.